dotdigital Group Plc's (LON:DOTD) Fundamentals Look Pretty Strong: Could The Market Be Wrong About The Stock?

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Simply Wall St
Published
December 01, 2021
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dotdigital Group (LON:DOTD) has had a rough three months with its share price down 33%. However, a closer look at its sound financials might cause you to think again. Given that fundamentals usually drive long-term market outcomes, the company is worth looking at. Particularly, we will be paying attention to dotdigital Group's ROE today.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.

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How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?

Return on equity can be calculated by using the formula:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for dotdigital Group is:

19% = UK£11m ÷ UK£61m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. So, this means that for every £1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of £0.19.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. We now need to evaluate how much profit the company reinvests or "retains" for future growth which then gives us an idea about the growth potential of the company. Assuming everything else remains unchanged, the higher the ROE and profit retention, the higher the growth rate of a company compared to companies that don't necessarily bear these characteristics.

dotdigital Group's Earnings Growth And 19% ROE

To begin with, dotdigital Group seems to have a respectable ROE. Further, the company's ROE compares quite favorably to the industry average of 9.7%. This certainly adds some context to dotdigital Group's decent 16% net income growth seen over the past five years.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that dotdigital Group's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 10% in the same period, which is great to see.

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AIM:DOTD Past Earnings Growth December 2nd 2021

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. What is DOTD worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether DOTD is currently mispriced by the market.

Is dotdigital Group Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

In dotdigital Group's case, its respectable earnings growth can probably be explained by its low three-year median payout ratio of 22% (or a retention ratio of 78%), which suggests that the company is investing most of its profits to grow its business.

Moreover, dotdigital Group is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of eight years of paying a dividend. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 24%. Accordingly, forecasts suggest that dotdigital Group's future ROE will be 17% which is again, similar to the current ROE.

Conclusion

On the whole, we feel that dotdigital Group's performance has been quite good. In particular, it's great to see that the company is investing heavily into its business and along with a high rate of return, that has resulted in a sizeable growth in its earnings. That being so, a study of the latest analyst forecasts show that the company is expected to see a slowdown in its future earnings growth. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

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